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Parents Raising Children With Disabilities Should To Remember To Have “Me” Time

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By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Raising a child with disabilities is stressful and parents need to be reminded not to forget they’re important too.

When caring for a needy child, or adult, it’s easy to put that person’s needs ahead of your own, but Dr. Rondalyn Whitney, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of the Sciences, says research shows the disabled child and the family suffer when the caregiver fails to take time to refresh.

“Reaching out into the community and having time with a friend that restores your own sense of well being so it robs your own capacity to have more tolerance, more patience, more time to attend to some of the subtle pieces of family.”

She says an adult caring for a disabled child spends more than three extra hours a day parenting than other moms and dads, time that is often taken from…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses rising, CDC says

Autism Society of North Carolina Blog

Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new prevalence rates for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Director of Communications, David Laxton, participated in the conference call announcing the results of the study. Here are his notes and observations with some insights as to what the numbers mean for our state.

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data as part of their biennial estimates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence rates. This effort has occurred since 2000.

  • The data included new prevalence rates for the sample population of 11 states and communities that were monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM). The prevalence rate of ASD is now 1 in 68, a 30 percent increase since the 2012 report, which showed it to be 1 in 88.
  • The median age of…

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